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Zambia elected to WFP executive board
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2006-12-02 15:22

Zambia was elected to the World Food Program (WFP) executive board for the first time ever at the 131st session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) council in Italy last week, local media reported on Friday.

This was disclosed by WFP Zambia country director David Stevenson during a press briefing here on Thursday.

Stevenson was cited by Zambia Daily Mail as saying Zambia would be at the WFP top leadership position along with 35 other countries from 2007 to 2009 following its election to the executive board.

"This is a reflection of the government of Zambia's support to WFP projects not only in Zambia but globally," he said.

The country director said Zambia would now be coordinating the functions of WFP short and long term food aid policies and providing governmental supervision and direction to the WFP management.

Other functions of the board include the review of projects and activities as well as reviewing the administration and implementation of various approved programs in the world.

According to Stevenson, the executive board has 36 members elected for a three-year term. One third of the board members rotate on a yearly basis.

He also disclosed that the WFP executive board would travel to Zambia on a field trip in February next year to observe the organization's operations in the country and get an insight into the implementation of its policies and strategies.

Source:Xinhuanet 
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